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About the Author
Novotny Lawrence is an associate professor in the radio, television, and digital media department at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He is the author of Blaxploitation Films of the 1970s: Blackness and Genre and the editor of Documenting the Black Experience: African American History, Culture, and Identity in Nonfiction Films.
Gerald R. Butters, Jr. is a professor of history at Aurora University. A Fulbright scholar, his previous books include From Sweetback to Superfly: Race and Film Audiences in Chicago's Loop, Banned in Kansas: Motion Picture Censorship, 1915-1966, and Black Manhood on the Silent Screen. Dr. Butters has lectured internationally, including an address to the European Commission in Luxembourg.
Lawrence and Butters have curated substantive, percipient essays that reveal just how underexplored the blaxploitation era has been in scholarship. Beyond Blaxploitation is unmatched in its originality-from an exploration of homophobia through the lens of the sitcom to an examination of blood and viral prejudice-and this outstanding collection proves that there is much more to learn about blaxploitation.-- (07/28/2016)
This groundbreaking collection is a real contribution to film studies.--W. W. Dixon"CHOICE connect" (03/08/2017)